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Admissions Process & Timeline

Admission Standards and Requirements

SMS is a nondiscriminatory school open to all children ages 4 through 14. We are a Catholic school and we welcome children and families of all faiths who are interested in the academic philosophy of our school. While we pride ourselves on our academic achievements, our goal is to help our children become active and confident learners who respect themselves and their peers. We want our graduates to have the academic and spiritual foundations to become responsible and involved people with well informed community and global perspectives.

All applicants will be interviewed by an administrator and/or classroom teacher prior to admission, and complete a grade appropriate reading and mathematical skills evaluation. Transitional Kindergarten applicants should be 4 1/2 years old by August 1st of the academic year they are applying for. Students that do not meet this requirement will be considered on an individual basis.

Other factors that will influence admission:
   • Siblings of currently enrolled students
   • Saint Mark Church Parishioners
   • Catholics from other Parishes
   • Commitment to Catholic education through the elementary years

We invite you to visit our classrooms, meet our excellent teachers and experience our wonderful learning environment. We encourage you to visit the faculty pages to get a preview of what you can expect in your new classroom as part of the St. Mark’s family.

Special Needs Students
Although our school is neither equipped nor staffed to offer certain special education services, we have access to the special needs programs available through Los Angeles Unified School District. Special testing for learning or behavioral problems is also available through the local school districts. Where special needs are identified and programs/procedures are prescribed, the faculty and administration will evaluate our ability to provide an optimal learning environment for all children in the classroom.

The Administration will review all information submitted with the application. However St. Mark School reserves the right to withhold admission or grade placement pending the results of placement tests, visits with counselors, or the consideration of further information that may aid the Administration in considering the best interests of the child and the classroom.
Admission Timeline
November 15, 2019 Current families notify the school that they will be applying for admission for another child
December 1, 2019: Admission applications for current families due
December 18, 2019: Admission applications due for new TK/K families
December, 2019 –
February, 2020:
Admission interviews and developmental/academic screening.  These interviews and screening will take place on Saturday mornings at SMS.  They will be arranged individually. In some cases they will take place during the school week.
February 2020: Re-enrollment agreements will be extended to current families
March 2020:

Re-enrollment and non-refundable agreements for returning families will be due.

March 2020: Admission letters will be sent to all applicants
Thank you for your interest in Saint Mark Elementary School!